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Australian Open 2019 men's draw: Roger Federer defends

11 January, 2019, 04:27 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Novak Djokovic

Injury-plagued former world number one Andy Murray on Friday (Jan 11) said he is set to retire this year and hopes to make it till Wimbledon, but conceded the Australian Open could be his last event. "I've told my team I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that". Not a level that I'm happy playing at. Novak and Andy have played 36 times against each other on the Tour and five of those matches came at the Australian Open, never before the semi-final stage and four in the title encounter. "But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that".

With world number five Juan Martin del Potro missing through injury, South Africa's Kevin Anderson is elevated to fifth seed with last year's beaten finalist Marin Cilic at six. "I've tried pretty much everything to get it right and that hasn't worked". "But I don't see him playing if he at least doesn't think he can be a factor in a major". I need to have an end point because I'm just playing with no idea of when the pain will stop.

Djokovic has won all of those and they could meet again right from the opening round next week, with Andy now standing at the 230th place and using the protected ranking to enter the main draw after a hip injury that threatened to end his career at one point.


He's a three-time Grand Slam victor (twice at Wimbledon, once at the US Open), a two-time Olympic champion, a Davis Cup champion, victor of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and a former world No. 1. I have been playing with hip pain for a number of years, it wasn't as if it had just started at the French Open after my match against Stan.

He said basic things in everyday life, like putting on socks and shoes, caused him severe pain and he had grown tired of talking about his hip in every conversation. "I can play with limitations, that's not an issue, it's having the limitations and also the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing, training or any of the stuff I love about tennis".

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